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As we increasingly explore or manage resources in more deeply obscured areas, we need new tools to allow us to more precisely image the subsurface of the deeper earth. We need tools that are quantitative in nature, producing maps of ore grades, hydrocarbon saturation or groundwater availability, and we need tools that are probabilistic in nature to allow economic forecasts from our predictive models.

By taking a holistic view of the earth system, rather than focussing development for a single resource type or commodity, we will produce more consistent and reliable models. Holistic earth models can also incorporate information beyond the traditional, allowing us to use geoscientific information not often considered in modelling. Holistic earth models are also a requirement for modern exploration, as water availability is an ever growing constraint in the 21st century.

Deep Earth Imaging focusses on four overlapping areas of research:

Research projects are aligned with at least one of these research themes, championed by a theme leader. We are supported by four CSIRO business units: data61, Energy, Land and Water, and Mineral Resources.

Our research is directed towards method development of technology to assist in the holistic exploration or management of energy, minerals and groundwater resources.

Current areas of interest are:

  • Probabilistic methods of imaging
  • Joint modelling and interpretation of data
  • Full-waveform inversion of seismic data
  • Passive seismic imaging
  • Inverting directly for geological models, including process models for geological evolution
  • Rock physics models and their use in constraining inversions
  • Quantitative methods to explore and manage groundwater aquifers

As our research develops, these projects will evolve in an organic fashion. Our cross-disciplinary team is designed to evolve our research to match the needs of industry with cutting-edge science.

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